The Boise State gymnastics team is taking the phrase “Girl Power” to the next level.
Boise State juniors Courtney Blackson and Emily Lopez have advanced to compete in the 2023 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, the NCAA announced on April 3.
Blackson qualified as an event specialist on vault following her perfect performance during the second round of the 2023 NCAA Regional Championships. Her impressive vault performance marked the first 10.000 by a Bronco at a regional competition in program history, and the fourth perfect score on vault in Boise State history.
Lopez has had an impressive season on the bar thus far and displayed her strong suit in the national championships as an event specialist, scoring a 9.950 on bars during the regional competition.
The impressive 9.950 score on bar is the highest score in program history by a Bronco at a regional meet.
The pair is making strides in Boise State gymnastics and continues to break records and set precedents.
Blackson and Lopez are the first Bronco gymnasts to advance to the national championships since 2018. It will also be the first time since 2014 that Boise State has multiple individual qualifiers.
Though the Broncos did not qualify as one of the eight teams selected for the women’s gymnastics championships, the duo will represent Boise State as a part of the 16 event specialists who were not members of a qualifying team.
Lopez and Blackson are set to compete in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. MT, April 13 in Fort Worth, Texas.